Project Description


Oh, My Goodness!

(More Surprises from FairAcres)

by Effie Leland Wilder
illustrated by Laurie Allen Klein

Welcome back to FairAcres! Here’s another inspiring and humorous hit from Effie Leland Wilder, featuring Hattie McNair and her lovable cohorts at FairAcres Retirement Home.

At the age of 92 with more than 500,000 copies of her four best-selling books in print, you’d think that author Effie Leland Wilder would be content to rest on her laurels. Fortunately, in response to the floods of letters requesting another visit to FairAcres, Mrs. Wilder invites us back for another delightfully uplifting and entertaining adventure.

In her familiar journal entries, Hattie takes note of the laughter that lighten the days of her fellow FairAcre “inmates” as well as the tears at the loss of loved ones. Familiar neighbor Mr. C. befriends a young man with some legal troubles and sets him back on the right path, with the assistance of Hattie and company. The residents pitch in to help build a house for a FairAcres employee, demonstrating the same indomitable spirit that has made Wilder’s previous books so popular. And Hattie’s writing success continues as she enters a short story contest. With grace and humor Wilder gently pokes fun at growing older, all the while reflecting on the special wisdom gained from aging, and the challenges and losses that must be faced.

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Hardcover: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-255-2
Total Pages: 180
Size: 6 x 8
Language: English


“[Effie Wilder] has the writer’s eye and the storyteller’s gift. Her tales are wry, funny, melancholy, philosophical. Her reflections strike a common chord.” ―James Kilpatrick, syndicated columnist

Meet the Author

Effie Leland Wilder was the author of five books. She graduated from Converse College in 1930 and received the Distinguished Alumna Award in 1982. She also received the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina’s highest award, for her philanthropic work. Her work has been published in the Charleston News and Courier and in the Saturday Evening Post. Ms. Wilder passed away in 2007.

Meet the Illustrator

Laurie Allen Klein is a graduate of Maryville College in Tennessee. An illustrator and graphic artist, her work has appeared in Atlanta and Athens magazines and in publications for the Baptist Home Mission Board, the Presbyterian Publishing House, and the Georgia Wildlife Federation. She lives in Florida.